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  • Pulitzer Prize Winners for Fiction   3 weeks 1 day ago

    Recently picked up The Known World, Angle of Repose, The Stone Diaries, The Shipping News, Empire Falls and The Hours from Goodwill. All for $8.00.

  • Films Seen: Listology Scoreboard 2016   3 weeks 1 day ago

    I'm in again. Someone has to round out the bottom. :)
    My 2016 List

  • Please Recommend Music, Films or Paintings to Me   3 weeks 1 day ago

    If you had to narrow down your favorite rap songs, what would they be?

    About appreciating paintings, how would I go about doing it? Am I supposed to stare at one a bunch of times until I get it? Maybe if you explained what you think the significance behind certain paintings are, that could help. How about 'The Garden of Early Delights' or 'Guernica'? Thanks.

  • Movies Watched in 2016 (First time viewed)   3 weeks 2 days ago

    Thanks but no thanks. I don't track everything I watch. That's a little more dedication than I can muster

  • 2015 IMDB Top 250 movies Preliminary [1/1 list]   3 weeks 2 days ago

    This is the list I have compiled. IMDB has not yet finished their official 2015 Top 250 so this list may change when that happens. Then the title will change from "Preliminary ..."

    I have also created lists of IMDB's annual top 250 compiled since 1996, 20 years of lists. If you look at my lists, you will find them all under the heading "250"

    Happy viewing!

  • 2015 IMDB Top 250 movies Preliminary [1/1 list]   3 weeks 2 days ago

    Have watched more than half from this list. Will watch the remaining one asap. Thanks for the list.

  • Please Recommend Music, Films or Paintings to Me   3 weeks 2 days ago

    Thanks for your careful and well-reasoned explanations.
    These were actually impressions and doubts more than accusations. As I was writing I started to respond to myself and erasing entire parts of the comment - these are difficult things to articulate. I guess I have an instinctive suspicion/dislike of rankings and detailed numerical ratings in an area so volatile, varied, and transcendent such as music.
    The superiority bit: I didn't question your investment and dedication to any album you rate (You seem to be way more dedicated and organized than me). This issue was related to the previous ones - the feeling I have is that you can easily dismiss, say, a Louis Armstrong song or a pop album just because you would put your personal criteria above the kind of enjoyment that music was created to transmit (your joke about Beethoven's 9th when talking about a Beatles song led me to assume this). I know "enjoyment" is a dubious word and I'm not advocating music as just thoughtless pleasure. I'm advocating music as a multifaceted, versatile means of expression. And your lists, while they can include lots of different genres of music (not what I'm talking about) tend to privilege an elitist view of music (the best music is difficult and made by geniuses) that often disregards simpler types of music and the intentions of its creators.
    This was just a clarification from my side, no need to answer to this part because you already did.

    Anyway, I enjoyed this conversation, which was really enlightening to me as to where you're coming from.

  • Year-by-year music rankings, for the sake of nothing more than organization on my own behalf   3 weeks 2 days ago

    Awesome! I'm glad you liked it so much. Micheal Larsen (AKA Eyedea (he's also Carbon Carousel's singer); one of the rappers on that disc) was a huge factor in my education.

  • Please Recommend Music, Films or Paintings to Me   3 weeks 2 days ago

    Re: Artists motives taken into account ... I would say I them into account insofar as they can be experienced and are relevant to the result. I agree that knowing more about an artist can and does help in evaluations. Not always though. It just depends on how much that artist mixes his/her real life with their art.

    Re: Seem too self-centered ... If all you mean is that I am basing the ratings and rankings on my criteria, then I suppose I agree with you.

    Re: Distinct goals lumped together competing equally ... By rating two albums the same, I am not saying they are the same other than they each accomplish their separate ends to very similar degrees of success within my criteria. But I very definitely do not get the same experience out of any of them. Each is their own, individual, work of art accomplishing its own unique end.

    Re: Ideal alien to all of them ... Obviously my opinion is alien to all of them but I do believe all artists are attempting to make an emotional or conceptual impact (to whatever degree, large or small), and that is the essence of my criteria. The ones that are rewarded the most are those that accomplish this with more creativity and ingenuity. I think you'd find very few serious artists, purposeful and dedicated to their craft, that didn't have that as a fundamental goal. Obviously, the ratings and rankings are determined by how well I feel this was done and the artists are not aware of that or striving to appease me particularly.

    Re: Superiority, commit ... I'm not sure where this comes from. All these artists are far superior than I at creating in their respective fields. I am simply listing how much they've affected me in a disciplined, uniform, logical progression. The lists are for myself and anyone with similar ideals or that wants to discuss those ideals (such as here). Though no single person should or will agree with all of my ratings and rankings, a good deal of them should seem logical providing one has a similar criteria as mine (or Scaruffi's of course). Also, Ive committed myself quite a bit to the works I list and have put more time and attention into it than I care to try and calculate.

    Not sure if any of that clears that up...

  • Critics Ranked and Reviewed   3 weeks 2 days ago

    Only losers go to school...

    It's beautiful and innovative. Very much so in both cases. So genuinely intense and complicated that I don't listen to it a lot these days (my current mindset mostly drives me toward jazz and hip hop). The Michael Jackson influence is particularly interesting because he transforms it to something completely different and so much better.

    I heard "Ether". It's wack. Most of it doesn't even rhyme. Homophobic crap, schoolyard insults and pretty much zero facts. He sounds butthurt. Sad to see how much he declined from the amazing layered rhymes and metaphors of Illmatic to this.

    Are you keeping up with the new GOOD Fridays? I can't wait for February 11th, despite the fact that none of his recent songs have done much for me.

  • Year-by-year music rankings, for the sake of nothing more than organization on my own behalf   3 weeks 2 days ago

    I got Waste Age Teen Land yesterday and listened to it while taking a walk. It was just about the best way to spend 41 minutes. Thirteen made me laugh like a maniac in the street and I couldn't possibly stop. The entire thing is soooooooo freaking amazing.

  • Films Seen: Listology Scoreboard 2015   3 weeks 3 days ago

    wOOt!

  • Films Seen: Listology Scoreboard 2015   3 weeks 3 days ago

    FINAL UPDATE

    WELCOME BACK MATTMAKINS!

    Mightysparks made a mighty leap to tie Ultimo Lee for 7th place. Not to be outdone, julesyoung leaped over Ultimo Lee to claim 6th and a place in the 1+ films per day group. Loonapick rose one spot to own 15th and nybella joined skllduggerish for a tie at 24. Mattmakins took a page from mightysparks and julesyoung to leap to 22nd place.

    Eleven players finished in the 1 or more movies per day rank: te18, schwabe, dashforcover, Puzzgal, guardianryoga, julesyoung, Ultimo Lee, mightysparks, McJoJo, kaplan, bpchicky.

    Oh my goo'ness! (to quote little Shirley Temple). As a group we logged 242 movies since the last update for a Grand Total ... (isn't dot dot dot from Mamma Mia?) Drum Roll please ... of 7000 films. Can you believe that? an even 7000 films! Congratulations to all and thanks so much for playing Listology Scoreboard 2015.

    Happy viewing and I hope to see you on the 2016 edition of Listology Scoreboard! God willin' and creek don't rise.

  • Please Recommend Music, Films or Paintings to Me   3 weeks 3 days ago

    You raise some interesting points that deserve clarification. I'll get back to you as soon as I'm not in a rush (probably Sunday night).

  • Movies Watched in 2016   3 weeks 3 days ago

    Hi nyybella. I hope you'll be playing the Scoreboard again this year. If so, please post a comment on the Scoreboard page. Thanks!

  • Movies Watched in 2016 (First time viewed)   3 weeks 3 days ago

    Hi foreverland. Are you interested in playing an innocent, but fun game for film lovers here at Listology, called Listology Scoreboard? If so, please post a comment on the Scoreboard page. Thanks!

  • Movies Watched in 2016   3 weeks 3 days ago

    Hi Jordan C Wellin. Are you interested in playing an innocent, but fun game for film lovers here at Listology, called Listology Scoreboard? If so, please post a comment on the Scoreboard page. Thanks!

  • A Still-Entirely-Redundant (But More Useful than Expected) Viewing Log for 2016   3 weeks 3 days ago

    Hi Critico. Can we welcome you again, after some years, at the Scoreboard? If so, please post a comment on the Scoreboard page. Thanks!

  • Please Recommend Music, Films or Paintings to Me   3 weeks 4 days ago

    That makes sense. I also agree with your opinion on Bowie, even though I loved him as a teenager (R.I.P. is right and well deserved).

    I guess where I was trying to get to was that an artist's relation with his work (his motives for doing it, his devotion to it, even his opinion about the finished product) is something we as consumers, and especially as critics, should take into account. I know sometimes it's common to view this relationship as something irrelevant and even unsuitable to an unbiased critique of the work, but I feel I'm always in a better position to understand the work if I know about the person who made it. And ideally that also includes knowing about the artist's peers, influences, his social context, etc.
    My problem with these rankings - our old disagreement - is that they always seem too self-centered to me. In that completely different works (from people with different backgrounds and with distinct goals in mind) are lumped together to compete as equals, like in a teacher's excel gradebook, for a subjective ideal of perfection that's alien to all of them. I think that this ideal of perfection is completely artificial and way less important than the actual works you get to admire, and I'm not sure you'd immediately agree with me here. It's this position of superiority I complain about. I always feel I'm the one who has to learn from the artist and make the effort to understand what he's trying to do. And in doing that maybe figure out that my standards don't meet his. I'm the one that should have to commit, not the other way around.

  • Greatest Live Rock Albums   3 weeks 4 days ago

    I'll have to check that out, thanks for the recommendation. This list needs some earlier rock n roll, for sure.

  • Greatest Live Rock Albums   3 weeks 5 days ago

    Jerry Lee Lewis' Live at the Star Club in Hamburg is unbelievable!

  • Top 200 critically acclaimed movies from the last 5 years   3 weeks 5 days ago

    Update 16/1-16:
    Out The Skeleton Twins - In Theeb
    Out This Is the End - In Anomalisa
    Out Time Out of Mind - In 45 Years

    Update 6/1-16:
    Out Top Five - In Phoenix
    Out The World's End - In The Assassin

    Update 1/1-16 (New Year's update):
    Out The Artist - In Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem
    Out A Separation - In The Way, Way Back
    Out Hugo - In The Raid 2
    Out The Descendants - In The Spectacular Now
    Out The Tree of Life - In To the Wonder
    Out Midnight in Paris - In Locke
    Out Melancholia - In X-Men: Days of Future Past
    Out War Horse - In Blancanieves
    Out The Kid With a Bike - In Good Kill
    Out Moneyball - In Joe
    Out Le Havre - In 99 Homes
    Out Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy - In Parkland
    Out Drive - In Tracks
    Out The Intouchables - In A Hijacking
    Out The Ides of March - In The Lunchbox
    Out The Help - The Tribe
    Out Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 - In Bless Me, Ultima
    Out Footnote - In Cloud Atlas
    Out The Guard - In Prometheus
    Out Monsieur Lazhar - In Searching for Sugar Man
    Out Martha Marcy May Marlene - In Under the Skin
    Out 50/50 - In Goodnight Mommy
    Out Shame - In We Are the Best!
    Out Margaret - In Into the Woods
    Out The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo - In The Lobster
    Out The Skin I Live In - In The Central Park Five
    Out A Dangerous Method - In Hit & Run
    Out My Week With Marilyn - In Hyde Park on Hudson
    Out Page One: Inside the New York Times - In A Late Quartet
    Out Buck - In Premium Rush
    Out In Darkness - In Safety Not Guaranteed
    Out Super 8 - In Sleepwalk With Me
    Out Pina - In How to Survive a Plague
    Out A Simple Life - In Captain America: The Winter Soldier
    Out Headhunters - In Frozen
    Out Take Shelter - In Listen to Me Marlon
    Out Bridesmaids - In Ex Machina
    Out Warrior - In '71
    Out Like Crazy - In Black Mass
    Out Coriolanus - In Chef
    Out Higher Ground - In Dear White People
    Out Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol - In Don Jon
    Out Pariah - In Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me
    Out Polisse - In The End of the Tour
    Out Terri - In Frances Ha
    Out Win Win - In Furious 7
    Out X-Men: First Class - In Mississippi Grind
    Out Project Nim - In Seymour: An Introduction
    Out Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close - In Side by Side
    Out The Raid: Redemption - In The Skeleton Twins
    Out Rango - In This is the End
    Out We Need to Talk About Kevin - In Time Out of Mind
    Out Bullhead - In Top Five
    Out Chicken With Plums - In The World's End

    Update 31/12-15:
    Out Hanna - In Star Wars: The Force Awakens
    Out Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem - In The Big Short
    Out The Way, Way Back - In Youth
    Out The Raid 2 - In The Second Mother
    Out The Spectacular Now - In Mustang
    Out Dark Horse - In Hitchcock/Truffaut
    Out To the Wonder - In The Hateful Eight

    Update 14/12-15:
    Out J. Edgar - In The Revenant
    Out The Interrupters - In Spy

    Update 3/12-15:
    Out Locke - In Creed
    Out X-Men: Days of Future Past - In The Danish Girl
    Out Blancanieves - In Bridge of Spies
    Out Good Kill - In Carol
    Out Joe - In Son of Saul ("Saul Fia")

    Update 28/11-15:
    Out 99 Homes - In Spotlight
    Out Parkland - In Brooklyn
    Out Tracks - In A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence ("En duva satt på en gren och funderade på tillvaron")

    Update 5/11-15:
    Out A Hijacking ("Kapringen") - In Steve Jobs
    Out The Lunchbox ("Dabba") - In Room

    Update 28/10-15:
    Out Into the Abyss - In Beasts of No Nation

    Update 10/10-15:
    Out Bless Me, Ultima - In Sicario
    Out Cloud Atlas - In The Martian
    Out Prometheus - In MacBeth

    Update 14/09-15:
    Out Searching for Sugar Man - In Straight Outta Compton

  • Please Recommend Music, Films or Paintings to Me   3 weeks 5 days ago

    Re: Could you really call it superficial?

    Relative to all time greats, perhaps. Its not so much that I would be calling it superficial if I gave it, say, a 6/10 or something. Maybe an ultimate in expressed conviction could be Beethoven's greatest works, or if you don't like that overused example, say, Mahler. Or, with regards to rock, maybe Van Morrison's Astral Weeks. ... ... Anyway, I would simply be saying that its not nearly as expressively compelling in its emotional/conceptual content as a work such as that. One of Bowie's weaknesses (R.I.P) has long been that he expresses himself vocally like he is disconnected from real emotions and serving an artificial construct/character (which can also be done impressively, as he has at times, but imo he is inconsistent). My guess would be that this may be a result of drugs (disconnecting him from reality) and being so successful in the 70s with all the artificial characters he took on for his art (thus continuing to do so in order to retain/re-obtain past glories).

    Anyway, I did check the new album out and found the title track intriguing and some other parts of songs pretty good. I would probably rate it under-7/10 and would have to re-listen to it again or a couple times if I were to work out an exact rating. Still, I appreciate the recommendation and your insights and queries. Always feel free to send some more! :-)

  • Films Seen: Listology Scoreboard 2016   3 weeks 5 days ago

    Thanks!

  • Please Recommend Music, Films or Paintings to Me   3 weeks 6 days ago

    Yeah, I am familiar with Station to Station. It would probably be my 4th choice after Ziggy Stardust.

    The ratings and rankings are decided by me and aren't intended to be objective. "Conviction" is probably an imperfect descriptive word as it can imply I am focusing my evaluation on the artists intentions, which isn't really the emphasis. On my criteria page I went with "Expressed Emotional Conviction" to emphasize that the conviction must be expressed and evident.